Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Roundup (23) - August 30, 2013

Merriam-Webster defines 'roundup' as a gathering in of scattered persons or things (source)

Replace 'persons or things' with 'BOOKS!' and you'll have what happens in my house every week as I try to keep control of my hoard :)

The need to search through and re-catalog ALL the books is so strong right now because I KNOW there are more books around the house that aren't accounted for...

The need is SO strong....

grumble grumble....It will have to be ok for now I guess ;)


Here's what I do have to show you:

Bought em all ;)

The Fire Game by R.L. Stine
Fear Street baby! Another lovely for my Stine collection...doesn't everyone have one of those?

Star Trek The Next Generation #1 Ghost Ship by Diane Carey
And yes, since you asked, I am planning on getting my hands on ALL THE BOOKS

Kingdom Hearts Manga Vol 1 by Shiro Amano
Love this game! Can't wait to see how it plays out as a Manga :)

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Snagged an autographed copy at B and N this summer - now I just need to finish the series.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Bought this one right up as soon as it hit my local indie's shelves. Not loving it as much as I hoped but I'm only a little way through it so far.

In The After by Demitria Lunetta
Total impulse buy - more post apocalyptic then dystopian I think - looks fabulous.

I feel like I'm SO out of the loop when it comes to new books these days.

Would love to hear about your latest additions!!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The BOOKS! We can't forget about the BOOKS! a.k.a Reading Slumps SUCK!

Reading slumps really suck. I haven't had one this bad in a long long time.

In July? I read - NOTHING! How is that even possible?!?!?

So blogging? Not so much.

I mean, I could have FORCED myself to blog but that really goes against all the reasons I started blogging in the first place.

Feedback loop? Is that what it's called?

I really wanted to be reading more but THE SLUMP was strong. I missed blogging but THE GUILT of having nothing to talk about and no motivation to do anything about it was overpowering.

SLUMP - GUILT - SLUMP - GUILT -- rinse, repeat

Any I totally over it all?

Not gonna jinx it by saying yes (or no) but things are looking a little better.

I finished a book the other day! The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon --- loved reading it even though I didn't love the story ;)

And I'm reading a book now -- The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman. Middle Grade, easy read, pretty awesome characters. It's just want I needed right now.

Also, you would think that not reading much would mean no new books coming into the house...yeah...that didn't happen!

What did happen though is that all those lovelies have been sitting in piles and piles all over my house. It's both pretty awesome and pretty chaotic -- just the way I like it.

So, surrounded by my BOOKS with a few recent good reads under my belt - I'm feeling better.

For anyone out there suffering from THE SLUMP or perhaps THE GUILT or, like my unfortunate reality - the double whammy combo of the two I have this to say:

Don't give up on your books. 
You may not be feeling the love now but it's still there. 
Take your time.
Books are always forgiving.

Wishing you all a FABULOUS weekend!

Happy Reading to one and all!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Linked by Imogen Howson

Linked (Linked #1)
Imogen Howson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publication: June 2013 from Simon and Schuster
Pages: 368
Format: online
Acquisition: I read this book free on

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.
Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.
Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.
Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.
Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.
(from Goodreads)

This book is good. Like, really good. Like I read it in one day and maybe slacked off at work a bit because I couldn't not read it good.

The first thing I love about Linked is that it's science fiction. An actual futuristic world without a looming dystopian plot hanging above it all. Real sci-fi in a young adult book! Love love love!

The second thing I love about Linked is the characters. They are all over the place personality wise but they are so freaken realistic. The way the act and react to their situations was awesome. Every character was whole - lots of insights without being weighted down by narrative - again? Love!

All this love and we haven't even gotten to the plot! Here's a little secret....I loved it too!

If the situations Elissa finds herself in aren't exciting enough - she's in space for most of them. Space!

In case you couldn't tell, I really freaken loved this book.

Standalone? Totally works. More to the series? I could live with that. Imogen Howson has created a world I would love to spend a long time getting lost in.

5 / 5 Stars

The Linked Series
#1 Linked
#2 Shattered (2014)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Roundup (22) - August 18, 2013

OMG I'm back!

Can't say I really *went* anywhere except I wasn't *here* much. Just wasn't feeling it, you know?

But I'm missing it all :)

So I'm going to work blogging back into my schedule.

My normal, no drama, no frills, blogging because I love it schedule :)

Thanks to everyone who's still around reading!!

Had the urge to post today and since it's Sunday that means it's time for a much overdue Roundup!

Merriam-Webster defines 'roundup' as a gathering in of scattered persons or things (source)

Replace 'persons or things' with 'BOOKS!' and you'll have what happens in my house every week as I try to keep control of my hoard :)

Pictures pictures pictures! Just show us the pictures already! :)

Here you go:

I know I'm behind with all the latest releases sitting on my wishlist but these beauties managed to find their way into my home nonetheless

*Replica by Jenna Black
Sci-fi YA - can I get a woop woop! 
Haven't read Jenna's other YA series but I've heard good things about it.

*Gravity by Melissa West
A sci-fi blend? Dystopian maybe with a little paranormal? Not sure of all the elements in this one but  it's a 2012 debut from Entangled that's been on my wishlist a while.

*Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
Total impulse buy today. I started Klavan's Homelander's series and enjoyed it and honestly, I was really taken with the cover of this one. Probably more Christian Fiction then I'm used to writing but the combo of elements here is really intriguing.

*Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
So many translations of this one out there and so many of them are horrible! I'm trusting Penguin Classics on this one!
Picked it up for my daughter who, although is too young to read is convinced she will still enjoy if it's read to her (but only until she's old enough to read it herself ;)

*Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
Contemporary drama book full of the feelings - in verse.
Totally an impulse buy. Not a huge fan of the contemp but can't seem to pass up an even slightly interesting story if it's written in verse.

For Review / From the Publisher:
Snagged the Sanderson from a quick twitter giveaway from Eric Smith and was sent Eric's book by Quirk because Eric is awesome!

*Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
ARC - releases in September
Adult sci-fi - first in a series :)

*The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
ARC - releases in December
It's fabulous!

For Review / From the Publisher:
It's picture book time! These all came from the lovely folks at Macmillan and I'll be reading them soon with my daughter. Today maybe after she gets tired of Verne :)

*Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney
Legos man! Who doesn't love Legos!

*When it Snows by Richard Collingridge
If it snowed every day I would be happy :)

*Princess Tales by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by Gail De Marcken
A 'Once upon a time in rhyme with see-and-find pictures'

*Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
More snow!

Well, that's it for now!

Hope you all are having a fabulous Sunday :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Shadow by Amanda Sun

E-novella / Short Story
Paper Gods #0.5
June 2013 from Harlequin Teen
free download

Meet two teens whose worlds are about to change forever in this paranormal Young Adult novella, a prequel to Ink by debut author Amanda Sun…
Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean.
For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…
(from Goodreads)

A very interesting prequel for me as I found myself both confused and fascinated! With Ink taking place in Japan, I assumed there would be a lot of new to me elements but what I wasn't prepared for was how the inclusion of so many Japanese terms and names would throw me off. Some things are explained but still, I had a hard time keeping track of everyone.

Things were a little easier the more I read but I don't think I'll be able to keep names straight (especially because different people call people different things at different times). I'm pretty sure I know all the big players but I'll have to wait and see how reading Ink goes.

Shadow gives us two points of view and while I wasn't really drawn to either character I am curious to see how their lives interweave.

If you're thinking about reading Ink but haven't decided yet, I think Shadow will go a long way in helping you make up your mind.

3.5 / 5 Stars